Enjoy Downtown and Rural Wine Tasting on the Pacific Coast Wine Trail and Taste through the award-winning Pinots and Chardonnays of the Edna and Arroyo Grande Valleys, some of California's Coolest Winegrowing Regions.
California Wine Month, held every September during harvest, makes travel to the three award-winning wine regions found along CA's Highway 1 Discovery Route even more exciting. The Pacific Coast Wine Trail includes 10 wineries starting in San Simeon at the very celebrated Hearst Ranch Winery, yes, that Hearst, and winds its way down the coast to Stolo Vineyard in Cambria, through both Harmony and Cayucos Cellars, and south to Chateau Margene in Morro Bay. Not to be outdone, there are two American Viticulture Areas with over 25 tasting rooms, known as the Edna and Arroyo Grande Valleys, offering world-renowned Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays grown with the delicate influence of cool marine air from the Pacific Ocean.
While traveling along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route discover the 10 diverse artisan towns and seaside villages from Ragged Point & San Simeon, Cambria, Cayucos, and Los Osos/Baywood Park, to Avila Beach & Valley, Edna Valley, Arroyo Grande Valley, Oceano and Nipomo, where rolling hills meet the sparkling ocean, vineyards unfold and visitors are invited to stop along the rugged coastline at one of these celebrated Central California wine regions. Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, between the Santa Lucia Mountains and the coast, the land exhibits a distinct set of growing conditions that bind the regions together.
Wine Month Celebrations
From music and painting, to Pinot and Paella, there are several special celebrations going on throughout September in honor of the area's wine excellence, which applaud all that vintners and growers bring to the economy, culture and lifestyle of the Golden State. CA's Highway One Discovery Route's many lodging partners are also celebrating with specials during the month of September. No matter the budget, visitors will find the perfect place to stay in a wide array of lodging accommodations including hotels, b&bs and vacation rentals.
Pacific Coast Wine Trail
Discover the originality of the Pacific Coast Wine Trail (PCWT), one sip at a time. Consisting of 10 boutique wineries nestled in quaint, seaside towns dotted along the Pacific Coastline from San Simeon to Morro Bay, the PCWT offers guests a wine experience as unique as the coastal communities themselves. Here are a few samples of wine month celebrations along the PCWT:
Stolo Family Wines
Music In the Meadow: August 29 & September 19
Grilled Pizza & Wine Pairing: Sunday, September 6th
Hearst Ranch Winery
Savor the Central Coast Adventure Tours and Grand Tasting:
Hearst's Enchanted History tour in San Simeon: September 24
Edna Valley AVA
Edna Valley, in the heart of SLO Wine Country, is California's coolest winegrowing region, located just five miles from the Pacific Ocean. This climate, combined with the calcareous and volcanic soils results in wines with intensity, concentration and fresh, balancing acidity, perfect for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and aromatic white wines.
Arroyo Grande Valley AVA
The handful of Arroyo Grande Valley wineries currently have a reputation for premium quality wine production. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah are the top grapes grown here. The climate of Arroyo Grande Wine Country is more diverse than the consistently cool climate of nearby regions.